INDIANAPOLIS – Andretti Autosport confirmed Wednesday that Zach Veach will drive the team’s fourth entry, the No. 26 Dallara-Honda, in a full-season Verizon IndyCar Series effort beginning next year.
Veach has raced in every step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder with Andretti Autosport, including a career-best Indy Lights championship finish of third in 2014.
“We are excited to give Zach the opportunity to show what he can do at the highest level, and I’m looking forward to welcoming him home, so to speak,” said Michael Andretti, CEO, Andretti Autosport. “Zach started his INDYCAR career with us in USF2000 and has driven in every step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder with Andretti Autosport. He’s a driver that has always impressed me.”
“Zach works hard, and he takes something away from every time he’s in the car – he’s constantly improving. He’s put the effort in, found success at every level and now his dream has come full circle.”
The 22-year-old native of Stockdale, Ohio made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut this year on April 23, substituting for the injured J.R. Hildebrand at Barber Motorsports Park.
Veach’s Indy 500 debut followed in May with A.J. Foyt Racing, where he battled an alternator issue that relegated him to 26th in the final rundown.
However, Veach said that he’s only looking ahead now as he prepares to live out a dream that began as a teenager.
“I’ve been thinking about this day since St. Petersburg in 2010 when I sat beside Michael Andretti announcing that I’d be competing in USF2000 for his team,” said Veach. “To be driving in the Verizon IndyCar series with them is a dream come true and I can’t wait to get started.”
Veach is the fourth driver confirmed to an All-American Verizon IndyCar Series field for Andretti next year, joining Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti.
CREDIT: Andretti Autosport